Minh Nguyen, Carlos Quijon, Jr., and Sharon Lee discuss private infernos, birdsongs, and the fluttering of a moth. Illustrations by Kaitlin Chan.
3SUMS is an illustrated interview series that explores our affective x material x libidinal attachments, with each piece featuring three people responding to a single prompt. For this iteration of 3SUMS, we asked: "What keeps you awake at night?"
Minh Nguyen is a writer and organiser of exhibitions and programmes. She is a recipient of a 2022 Andy Warhol Arts Writers grant. A 2022–23 visiting scholar at New York University, she is at work on a book about socialist aesthetics, forthcoming with Art Metropole.
Carlos Quijon, Jr. is an art historian, critic, and curator based in Manila. He is a fellow of the research platform Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, South and Southeast Asia (MAHASSA), convened by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories project. He writes exhibition reviews for Artforum and his research is part of the book From a History of Exhibitions Towards a Future of Exhibition-Making (Sternberg Press, 2019). He has published in MoMA’s post, Queer Southeast Asia, ArtReview Asia, Art Monthly, Asia Art Archive's IDEAS Journal, and Trans Asia Photography Review, among others. He is an alumnus of the Ateneo National Writers Workshop in Manila and the inaugural Para Site Workshops for Emerging Professionals in Hong Kong in 2015 and was a scholar participant of the symposium “How Institutions Think” hosted by LUMA Foundation in Arles in 2016. In 2017, he was a research resident in MMCA Seoul and a fellow of the Transcuratorial Academy both in Berlin and Mumbai. He curated Courses of Action in Hong Kong in 2019, A will for prolific disclosures in Manila and co-curated Minor Infelicities in Seoul in 2020. Most recently, he co-curated the exhibition In Our Best Interests: Afro-Southeast Asia Affinities during a Cold War in Singapore in 2021.
Sharon Lee is an artist with a cross-disciplinary practice based on photography. Her artworks were presented at Tai Kwun Contemporary (2022), Hong Kong Art Promotion Office (2020–21), Peer to Peer: UK/HK (2019), Hong Kong International Photo Festival (2018–21), among others. Lee debuted her solo exhibition The Presence of Absence (2017) and received the Lumenvisum New Light Award. She won the WMA Masters Award with The Crescent Void series (2018–19) and received grants from Hong Kong Art Development Council and HKSAR Talent Development Scholarship. She participated in art residencies in Austria, Germany, Taiwan, and the United States.